March 20, 2013

Adjusting to this Whole Working at Home Thing

I'm starting with some small editing projects - with two bigger projects set to start in April.

Like anyone who works from home, it's important to have space dedicated to completing your tasks.

Unlike others, I also have to monitor the food disposal system (AKA, The Boy) - so I had to think creatively about where I could do my work.

I've posted before about my desk in the living room. From this vantage point, I can guard the comestibles as well as be on the alert for inappropriate web viewing (porn, for the innocent among you), maintain the peace, and keep an eye on whether The Boy decides to make a run for it.

Here's the desk, in all its pristine beauty. Notice the princess lamp - apropos, I think.

As cute as this work area is, it's just not big enough to allow me to spread out work papers and set up a second laptop (exclusively for work).

What to do?

I thought about setting up something more permanent in the cat room (yes, even the cat gets her own room), but that would prevent me from performing my Constitutional duties (insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity). Yes, I'm that patriotic.

Then, I thought of the mullet, that much-aligned hairdo of the 80s or 90s. Really, what says America more than that haircut?

Courtesy of

The quintessential "business in the front, party in the back" attitude appealed to me - and I thought I could use a similar idea to create a workspace that works for me.

This is it.

It's a long folding table. It's easy to collapse the legs and stow it behind my desk if necessary. I have enough room to spread out my papers - and I'm in view of the kitchen and The Boy.

See the cylindrical Kleenex? Only the best in this house. And who doesn't need ready access to a ten-pound bag of Idaho Russets? I know I do.

I bet you're wondering about this table/mullet comparison I made.

Instead of "business in the front, party in the back", I have "party to the left, business to the right" - the twain shall never meet. Do you know the chaos that would ensue if I had two laptops on a single flat surface? I'd be stricken with ADD and not know whether to focus on my work or follow my Pavlovian response to the 'ding' that indicates that someone has updated their Facebook status.

It's hard enough for me to focus when The Boy is shouting (his voice volume knob is broken) "Hey, Mom!" approximately every 18 seconds. I'm very appreciative of the public school system that affords me quiet time from 7am to 3pm during the week.

This new setup is serving me well. As soon as I approach the table, I put on my business thinking cap and get to work.


  1. Kudos to you for being so organized, and on top of everything! "Ne'er the twain shall meet!" Love it! Kudos also to you for making the "A" list for Listen to Your Mother! I can't seem to send you an email, so I will just congrats you here! Am planning to attend and hope I get the chance to meet you! Break a leg!

  2. And now we know where the magic happens...

    Kim, I am in awe of anyone whose definition of "working at home" doesn't mean consumption of a bag of M & M's every hour, along with reading novels to mix up the M & M eating thing...

    I bow down to you.

  3. Your desk looks this organized, sans the TP and spuds, all of the time? I am in awe of you. I wish I could work from home. You have the life. Hey that shoe just missed me.

  4. You seem to have it all figured out. I've been working at home for a long time and the biggest problem is ME. I always prioritize incorrectly and end up doing laundry instead of work; or playing with the dog; or feeding the cat. You get the idea. Good luck with your organization (looks already accomplished) and keeping your priorities in order. Good for you!

  5. Working at home can be a challenge so I'm glad you figure out something that works.

  6. I wish you much success. Let us know how that works. I don't know how you can do it. I have to have complete quiet and lucky me with all the children gone, I have that. Clearly I didn't get anything done when kids were around.


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